Skye's Page:This page is a bit self indulgent - and basically a re-hash of the original page on our earlier commercial site....
Visitors to a Hotel Narrowboat site would expect pages to describe Willow our boat, and the holidays we offer on the canals - not wax lyrical about border collies.
But in 2014 we got so much kind reaction to Meg passing on at 15yrs, from past guests and from those that know us on the canals, we became very aware that many people do like border collie crew members, particularly when they share occupancy of a boat for a week.
So this page is all about Skye our most recent Collie boat crew.
Skye was born in September, 2013, from working parents on a hill farm in the Trossachs. To follow Meg, my companion for 15 years on the back of Willow, Skye had big boots (paws) to fill - but she's a border collie and doing grand. With only a month since Meg left us in October'13 we needed the dog crew training time - ready for the new season starting April'14 - so Skye arrived with us just one month later in November'13.
So for those interested in border collies here's a bit more about her background. We got her from Immeroin Farm deep into the hills at Glen Buckie, south of Balquhidder village in the North Trossachs. What a stunning setting to be born in - although a tough winter environment even for a hill border collie. Mother was 'Fern' born on the farm 4 years previously; Father is ''Moss', Immeroin's current top dog; with 15 year old grandmother, 'Spot' (similar markings to Skye), then retired but then still present on the farm. All proper working collies and each having a nice nature. Availability of the pups was short lived and all were spoken for within a few days (with one pup going down to a farm in England).
Update (Start 2016 Cruising Season): Now adult with her first two full cruising season already under her belt. We are delighted with Skye's progress as a 'Boat Collie' - love her to bits. She may not yet know quite all Meg knew, but she's not far off. Like Meg she's happy on the back deck as we cruise - although she likes to nip inside from time to time, just to check Irene's OK.
We still intend to have a litter with her (and keep one of her son's) - so we are leaving off getting her spayed just now to give us opportunity to perhaps have that litter - vet recommends spring 2017.
Here's some photos, but this time the most recent first.....
|And here, one not to forget, my old Meg in her last year.|